Deprived of diesel powered models in its Indian portfolio, Honda took the diesel route with a new model christened Amaze. Introduced to Indian customers in 2013, the compact sedan quickly climbed the popularity chart emerging a strong threat to arch rival Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire. Three years post its debut; the company felt the need to upgrade the model in a bid to keep abreast with the rising competition and rolled out new Honda Amaze encompassing significant cosmetic updates. While the engine line-up remains unchanged, the compact sedan has received a new CVT and NVH levels are claimed to be improved.
New Honda Amaze encompasses cosmetic change primarily bestowed on the inside, whereas exterior remains largely unchanged with a couple of updates. Priced at Rs 5.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) new Honda Amaze is a viable choice in the thriving compact sedan segment. A breakthrough for the Japanese brand as far as diesel models go, Amaze has touched new high in the sub-four meter sedan space. With Amaze, Honda not just dived into the diesel engine space but it also forayed in the compact sedan segment which by then wasn’t as popular as today. Launched in 2013, the model received minor additions through the years, but with choices piling up in the segment, Honda had to bestow a proper upgrade upon the compact sedan to keep abreast with the rivals. Tweaks made to Amaze are largely cosmetic, exterior has changed subtly but major changes are visible on the inside. An all new dashboard and a much up-market cabin brings Amaze a notch up from the preceding model. Honda has added a couple of new features to the compact sedan adding to its credentials. Mechanicals remain unchanged, although Honda claims to have tuned engines to yield enhanced performance. Considering that it measures under four-meters, the compact sedan offers a roomy boot. The new Amaze line-up is available in four variants E, S, SX and VX in both petrol and diesel guise. Transmission choices include a manual and a CVT options with latter available only on selected petrol trims. With the new updates upping the ante for the compact sedan, Honda Amaze price in India has witnessed insignificant change.
Honda Amaze Exteriors
To start with, exterior changes are not copious but they do lend a new look to the compact sedan. Most of the tweaks are visible on front profile featuring a reworked thick chrome grille, redesigned fog lamp enclosures and a revamped bumper. Retaining the radical silhouette, Amaze does not sport any design change. The blackened head lamp units have also been tweaked appearing larger even the bonnet has been widened. Flanks feature conspicuously rising belt line supported by character lines. The raised boot features a thick chrome band running across the width of boot lid. Rear side of the compact sedan features renewed tail lights, other than this rest remains largely unchanged.
Honda Amaze Interiors
Moving to cabin, Honda Amaze gets prominent change there, especially the dashboard is all new. Adorned by the new design, the dashboard gets new air con vents, dials and buttons on the changed centre console. The floor console gets three cup holders, coin holder and a useful cubby hole beneath climate control. Plastic quality has visibly improved; the instrument cluster is large and easily viewable. A hint of chrome is seen around the AC vents in the middle and around glove-box. A three-spoke steering wheel is present inside; storage space is ample too especially around the door pockets featuring bottle holder and storage bins. The cabin wears a dual tone colour theme featuring black and beige (beige more on a lighter side). In terms of space, the cabin scores well offering good room to passengers seated in front as well as at the back.
Honda Amaze Engine Specifications & Transmission
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Engines powering the petrol and diesel versions are taken from the predecessor. Petrol variants use a 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol mill churning out peak power and torque of 87bhp and 109Nm respectively. Diesel version houses Honda’s 1.5 litre i-DTEC engine pumping out max power of 99bhp along with 200Nm of top torque. Both the engines come mated to a five-speed manual gearbox along with an automatic transmission available only on the S and VX petrol variants. The engines have been tuned to deliver improved performance as per Honda. Furthermore, the company claims to have worked on the NVH level which has been reduced as compared to the previous model.
Honda Amaze Features
On the outside dual chrome grille is equipped in front; flanks get body painted ORVMs with turn indicators and body coloured outside door handles. Mudguard is available across range in front and rear, save for the base trim. Inside the cabin Amaze gets climate control, new dashboard and a new instrument cluster reminiscent of Jazz. Moreover the new 3D speedometer comes with multi-information display, there is a tachometer, eco lamp, shift positioning indication, instantaneous fuel economy, clock and an information display flashing average fuel economy, cruising range, dual trip meter and total km run.
Honda Amaze Performance & Mileage
The petrol powered Amaze is capable of delivering 17.8 kmpl for the manual variant whereas the CVT version claims to deliver 18.1 kmpl, slightly up from the manual trim. Diesel powered Amaze on the other hand can return ARAI rated fuel economy of 25.8 kmpl.
Honda Amaze Accessories & Infotainment
HondaConnectApp is available at an additional cost on the new Amaze. The audio system with Bluetooth and HFT is also available inside along with steering mounted audio controls.
Honda Amaze Braking & Handling
Power to stop speed comes from disc units in front whereas rear features drum units. Since there is no change in the mechanical set-up, the handling remains akin to the preceding model.
Honda Amaze Safety & Security
Prominent safety equipment such as dual airbags for driver and co-passenger and anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution are available. Other significant safety features on board are front fog lamps, rear defogger, front seat belt pretensioner with load limiter, driver seat belt reminder, WAVE key, high mount stop lamp and immobilizer.
Honda Amaze Comfort & Convenience
Vital comfort features such as collapsible electric power steering, digital AC controls, automatic AC, power windows in front and rear, front power window auto down for driver side, keyless entry, height adjuster for driver, power folding as well as adjusting outside rear view mirrors, rear seat centre arm rest with cup holder, accessory socket, 3 cup holders on floor console, seat back pocket and four bottle holders (one on each door) are loaded inside.
Honda Amaze Wheels & Tyres
Alloy wheels are available only on the range topping variants while rest of the variants have to make do with full trim wheels. These alloy rims are shod to tyres measuring 175/65 R 14.
Honda Amaze Competition
The compact sedan segment has grown over the years with the launch of new models like Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and Ford Aspire. In terms of popularity, Maruti Suzuki’s Swift Dzire remains the favourite, but as mentioned above Amaze has a number of rivals such as Hyundai Xcent, Ford Figo Aspire, Tata Zest and Volkswagen Ameo.
Honda has made prominent changes to the interior like new dashboard design
Improved plastic quality
Yet another significant change is the addition of new features such as climate control
New dashboard and instrument cluster
Honda claims to have worked on the NVH level and there is a new CVT tranny available on select petrol variants
Too much use of chrome in front
Inside the cabin.